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Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment

Marketing sometimes involves the science of making you believe something that is not true, with the specific goal of selling you something (a …

Agriculture

Can fidget spinners actually relieve symptoms of ADHD and autism?

The popular toys known as fidget spinners are incredibly simple — a few small blades that whirl around a center core — but some manufacturers have …

ADHD

Amanda Knox: How Prisons Use Cult Tactics to Brainwash Inmates Into Religion | Broadly

Katie McKibben and the Orange County Superior Court both agree on one thing: In July 2013, 25-year-old McKibben failed to remain sober while on home arrest for her third DUI. She had been struggling with alcoholism throughout her early 20s, couldn't manage it on her own, and needed help. That's …

Atheism

The evolution of American protest music

The myth of ‘liberal’ ESPN

To quote SportsCenter host Michael Smith, “‘Don’t hit women’ isn’t politics.”<p>Yesterday was a horrible day at ESPN, and for sports journalism as a …

ESPN

Why cats can’t resist (even a phony) box

Twitter has been blowing up with posts on cats’ attraction to taped squares on the ground. An animal behavior expert explains what draws Fluffy to …

Cats

As Cassini Makes 1st 'Grand Finale' Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Running low on fuel, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn.<p>After using a final flyby …

Space Exploration

Why Being Socially Awkward Is Awesome, According to Science

When I think back to the Bumper Boat Debacle of 1984, I can see the trappings of an awkward moment: I was in middle school; there were unknown …

Psychology

An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

The lambs spent four weeks in the external wombs and seemed to develop normally<p>Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, …

Pregnancy

In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man

Ledell Lee’s first hard-knock moment came even before he was born. His mom, 16 and on her third pregnancy by a man years older than she was, drank …

Developmental Disabilities

Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site

Crowdfunded online publication from Jimmy Wales will pair paid journalists with army of volunteer contributors<p>Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community …

Journalism

Scientists Think We Could Reach the Brightest Star in the Sky in 69 Years

Sirius, we are coming for you.<p>If you're going to send a nano-spacecraft powered by photons across the galaxy – travelling at a fraction of the speed …

Universe

Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump

Why won’t the first lady show up for her job? <i>Why?</i> I became obsessed with this question and eventually looked to Melania’s Twitter history for …

Donald Trump

One family's life in the wilderness

<b>In the US state of Alaska, the Atchley family are the only people who live anywhere along the 250-mile (400km) length of the Nowitna River.</b><p>Over the past 18 years, only a handful of people have ever visited them in their remote location, 100 miles from the nearest town, Ruby.<p>Photographer Ed Gold …

Nature

Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town

<b>A small town in Newfoundland, Canada, has become a sudden tourist spot thanks to a new visitor - one of the first icebergs of the season.</b><p>Canada's CBC News said that over the Easter weekend, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked with traffic as photographers - …

Canada

Who Cares if Trump Is Religious?

Trump might be the least God-fearing president to occupy the White House in centuries. That's a great thing for America.<p>This Sunday, tens of millions of American Christians will celebrate Easter, and thousands of children and their families will descend on the White House to take part in the annual …

Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship

Working-class Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump continue to approve of him as president, even though he supported a health care bill that would disproportionately hurt them.<p>Highly educated professionals tend to lean Democratic, even though Republican tax policies would probably leave more …

University of Maryland

Who Are You Calling Anti-Science?

In a couple of weeks, crowds will march nationwide in the March for Science. It’s part of a recent trend pushing back against “anti-science” …

Psychology

The war in Syria, explained

How Syria’s civil war became America’s problem.<p>On the face of it, President Trump’s decision to attack Syria doesn’t make a lot of sense. Launching 59 missiles at a single airbase, as Trump did, is not going to seriously change the outcome of a years-long civil war. So what’s the point of doing it …

Syria

Watch Pearl Jam's Humble Rock Hall Induction Speech

"We knew we were better together than apart," says Eddie Vedder<p><i>A quarter of a century after they released their 13-times platinum debut,</i> Ten<i>, Pearl</i> …

Music

Too Many of Trump’s Liberal Critics Are Praising His Strike on Syria

It shouldn’t be surprising, but it is to me nonetheless: Plenty of liberals who’ve long criticized Donald Trump as unfit to be president are praising …

Syrian survivor to Trump: Thank you

Kassem Eid, who survived a 2013 chemical gas attack in Syria, expresses his gratitude to President Trump for his missile strike of a Syrian airbase.

Syria

The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy

Many in the media are portraying the Republicans move to invoke the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a mere squabble over Senate rules, the …

Democracy

Discovery! Atmosphere Spotted on Nearly Earth-Size Exoplanet in First

For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around a planet beyond our solar system that's just a little bit larger than Earth.<p>The …

Laugh It Up Google

The 20 Most Successful Tech Failures of All Time

20<p>TiVo<p>One of the first Digital Video Recorders, or DVRs, to come to market — and a brand so successful it became a verb — TiVo to this day puts out …

Microsoft Windows

Oral History: “A great time to be alive and own a guitar”: Chicago’s 1990s alt-rock explosion

Nirvana’s <i>Nevermind</i> came out in 1991 and became a veritable sensation, selling millions of albums and signifying to labels, music fans, and the world, that there was much success to be found in alternative rock—music that until that time was not heard much on the radio. In an effort to find …

Slayer’s Kerry King said Limp Bizkit’s ‘90s success made him almost quit music

<b></b><i>[Photo Credit: Martin Hausler]</i>Slayer guitarist Kerry King reportedly said that Limp Bizkit's success made him briefly reconsider his music</b> …

Music